New luxury hotel opening in 2017: Six Senses Bhutan set to welcome guests later this year
Nestled among the rolling hills and lush greenery of Bhutan, are five luxurious suites and villas by Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas.
There are few countries that remain relatively untouched by globalisation, still boasting its natural beauty and splendour. One such area that only started welcoming international visitors in 1974 — by invitation only— is Bhutan. The kingdom that is situated between Tibet, Assam, West Bengal and Sikkim, is estimated to be about the size of Switzerland and provides what can only be described stunning backdrops. Visitors can now look forward to enjoying the scenic country as it welcomes Six Senses Bhutan, one of many around the world that are set to open in the second half of 2017.
Split into five satellite resorts in separate locations within Bhutan, the suites and villas allow visitors to engage their various senses, as the name of the hotel suggests, while they immerse themselves in nature. The first of the five locations is Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan. Here Six Senses places an emphasis on culture through its design. While the interiors are modern and boast clean lines, wood panelling, natural stone and white washing, cultural elements of Bhutan also make an appearance. Contrasting this modern aesthetic are handcrafted objects, intricate weavings, old solid wood that has been turned into table and bench tops.
Over at Punakha, which serves as the second stop, sits a traditional farmhouse amongst the fertile land and terraces. Joining the clean lines, are mud brick features in the bathrooms, mason jars that serve as light fixtures and woven bamboo feature walls. This décor theme helps to conserve traditional methods by the people of Bhutan in decorating their homes.
The third location, in Gangtey, features uncluttered lines and a neutral palate. Boasting weathered timber floors for some added edge, the interior includes warm leather details that help to bring some contrast. From the comfy armchairs that you may just want to sink into, to the footstools and table tops, the accommodation promises luxury without encroaching on the environment. In fact, the location happens to feature a unique bird watching bridge that brings guests closer to nature. Made from local stone and enclosed with timber-framed windows, Six Senses provides the perfect opportunity for avid bird-watchers to catch a glimpse of their feathered friends.
Within a forest in Bumthang, Six Senses has created its own little forest that serves as the fourth location. Nestled amongst green woodland, the interior features large windows that bring the outdoors straight to you. The timber walls are joined by recycled wood that is used to craft the warm floors and furnishings.
The final spot for Six Senses Bhutan is Paro. Sitting on a site of old stone ruins, the interior is fitted with hewn stone walls and working fireplaces that are joined by mid-tone vertical timbers. The location in Paro also has community-gathering spots that allow travellers to gather and share tales with fellow travellers while enjoying an open fire.